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Kimski by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and signage by New York studio Franklyn for Chicago’s Korean Polish street food restaurant Kimski

Kimski is a Korean-Polish street food restaurant, created by Ed Marszewski and chef Won Kim, located in the Bridgeport area of Chicago. The restaurant has a distinctive interior of geometric wood panelling, bright yellow stools, utilitarian booth seating, wood panelled ceiling and concrete floor with a warehouse quality in its space, shape and box-like exterior. In contrast, Kimski’s brand identity, developed by New York graphic design studio Franklyn and informed by the mash-up of culture, is a full of illustrative flourish, colour and character. This runs across menus, coasters, business cards and t-shirts, and punctuates dark exterior as backlit signage.

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OTHR by Franklyn, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by New York-based design studio Franklyn for innovative product design company OTHR

OTHR creates unique objects that take advantage of new production methods and materials, and brings together the world’s best designers and transformative technologies. OTHR’s objects exist at a point where art and design intersect, are simple, practical but desirable in form, and are manufactured and individually numbered to order in a way that has minimal environmental impact.

OTHR designers include British designer Sebastian Bergne, Claessen Koivisto Rune from Stockholm and New York studio Todd Bracher. These designers contribute to a diverse catalogue of objects for juicing, cutting and holding, and share the philosophy of owning fewer but better things.

With simplicity at the centre, New York-based graphic design studio Franklyn created a new brand identity and delivery system to compliment the extraordinary nature of OTHR’s products. This included logotype and logo design, and extended to illustration, packaging and posters.

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M+ Screenings by Project Projects, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Hong Kong festival M+ Screenings by Project Projects, United States

M+ Screenings is an event that showcases a diverse collection of work unified by one theme and single screen. It is an ongoing event that takes place over one weekend three times a year. The first of these, Visible Places, took place in mid-January at the Broadway Cinematheque, which is located within Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, the second, Forty Years, in March, with the third to follow later this year.

Project Projects, a New York based graphic design studio that specialises in the art, architecture, education and cultural sectors, worked with M+ Screenings to devise a visual identity for its events that would unite a broad variety of print collateral and digital assets. These included, but not limited to, posters, flyers, program booklets, large-format billboards and online banners.

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